For British Science Week, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) invites young people and their families to join them at the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park for a fun and hands-on workshop where they can learn more about radio and electronics.
The workshop offers a short introduction to wireless communications, radio propagation and electronic construction, before moving on to the construction of a medium wave radio receiver. This will include using a printed circuit board, selecting components, soldering them in place and testing the circuit.
At the end of the workshop attendees will have a better appreciation of:
- How wireless communication works
- How radio receiver selects, demodulates and amplifies
And be able to:
- Recognise some electronic components; resistors, transistors, capacitors and inductors
- Make good solder joints
- Make basic voltage measurements
Attendees will also be able to visit the National Radio Centre to learn more about the history of radio communications and to see a modern amateur radio station in operation.
All tools, test equipment and supervision will be provided by the RSGB. The medium wave receiver kits will be provided free of charge by the Radio Communications Foundation and attendees will be able to take their newly built radio home at the end of the day.
This event is aimed at children aged 10 to 18 (children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult).
There are two workshop sessions, one in the morning 09:45-12:15 and one in the afternoon 13:00-15:30
Places are limited to ten children on each session – ticket price: £8
Entry by pre-booked tickets only; the ticket includes entry to the workshop for the child (and accompanying adult). Please bring the printed email confirmation with you to admissions. The workshop ticket includes access to Bletchley Park for the purposes of this workshop and on the specified date only. The workshop ticket does not include a season ticket. You are welcome to purchase a season ticket on arrival, but this is not necessary to gain access to this event.
You will be required to leave your name and email address so we can contact you with further information.
Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. All bookings are subject to availability.
Cancellation policy – Tickets cannot be refunded once booked and paid for.